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Leslie Law’s Olympic medal-winning partner Shear H2O (Solo) has died aged 24.

Claire Llewellyn, who rode Solo in later years, told H&H the horse died in his sleep last Thursday (28 August).

The grey Irish-bred gelding helped bring home team silver for Britain at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.

In 2002 Solo was part of the bronze medal-winning British team at the World Equestrian Games. The following year he helped secure gold at the European Eventing Championships.

During his 11-year career Solo earnt over £80,000 and amassed 1817 British Eventing points, putting him second in British Eventing’s “grand elite” table.

In 2005 he was inducted into the British Horse Society’s Hall of Fame.

“Solo has realised dreams for me I did not even imagine I had,” said owner Jeremy Lawton of Shearwater Insurance.

“If Solo had not been as good as he was we might never have bought Shear L’eau and Leslie might not be Olympic Champion.”